The Best Cafes Near Playgrounds In Sydney

  • Preschoolers
    Mums & Bubs

As a parent, there is nothing like sitting down and enjoying a quiet cup of coffee, or a carefree hour spent with friends chatting about how adorable your kids are.

Unfortunately, this is also a fantasy that exists only in the minds of ad execs selling instant coffee and people-that-don’t-have-kids. In reality, it is possible to ignore the banging, wriggling, singing and shouting for attention for only so long. But there is a solution.

For the best of both worlds, we bring you some of the best cafes near playgrounds. Now your need for caffeine doesn’t have to come at the expense of your kid's desire to expend more energy than a nuclear explosion.

Centennial Homestead Pantry, Kitchen & Wisteria

Centennial Homestead

The swanky restaurant and more casual cafe at Centennial Homestead pretty much overlook the main playground. They have a kids menu, or you can grab a gourmet picnic hamper and have an al fresco lunch in perfect view of the swings. If the playground is a non-negotiable just head around the back of the restaurant to The Pantry for take-away. You can grab a table outside on the deck or head to the playground just a few metres away. The playground is a good one with plenty of shade, a large sandpit and lots of equipment to keep the kids amused.

You can also head around to Fearnley Grounds, the newest addition to the Parklands designed especially for families, where the fabulous Greenhouse Cafe is adjacent to the children’s cycleway and playground. 

Officially part of Centennial Parklands, although it is a short drive away, is Queens Park Kitchen with a few tables overlooking the huge Queen’s Park playground. There is equipment for both younger and older kids, and a safety fence. The food here is delicious and they have a kids menu.

The Picnic, Burwood

The Picnic Burwood

The Picnic Burwood is a bright, friendly cafe located smack bang in beautiful Burwood Park. Their colourful menu is bursting with delicious food including kids options, so it's perfect for a family brunch. Otherwise, grab excellent coffee and baked treats for a picnic while little ones run wild in the lush parkland. Within sight of The Picnic, Burwood Park has a great enclosed playground with shaded shelters, as well as a large sporting field, walking trails, outdoor chess boards and a duck pond.

Tramsheds Cafe, Narrabeen

tramshed cafe narrabeen

Perched right on Narrabeen Lake, The Tramshed Cafe serves up breakfast and lunch, with great coffee, a top-notch kids menu and a fully restored 1930’s tram carriage. The tram-theme extends to the Berry Reserve Playground next door - one of the best playgrounds on the Northern Beaches. Also known as the Tramshed Cafe Playground, these two go together like a conductor and his whistle! The playground has a giant wooden climbing castle, slides, swings, mini trampolines, percussion instruments and a sand play area, plus tram tracks, a mini ticket booth and a train platform.

Tramsheds Cafe, Narrabeen

Sydney Park Kiosk, St Peters

Sydney Park Kiosk

With gourmet snacks, salads and kids toasties, The Kiosk is the perfect pitstop with the playground just moments away - and Sydney Park Playground is no ordinary playground. There are slides, swings and bridges, sandpits and water play, and a huge bike and scooter track complete with realistic road signs. Make sure you get a large coffee, you could be here for a while. 

Livvi’s Place Café, Five Dock

Livvi’s Place Cafes and Playgrounds (they are also at Marsden Park, Willowdale & Ryde) are a place for kids of all ages and abilities to play together. They cater to hearing, vision and mobility impairments and those with an autism spectrum disorder. The playgrounds also encourage adults to play alongside their kids. The Livvi’s place cafes serve delicious Campos coffee and yummy bakery goods, with a portion of profits going back to the Livvi’s Place foundation. They aim to employ people in the community with a disability at the café making it a win-win-win situation. A good coffee for a good cause! 

The Teahouse at Camellia Gardens, Caringbah

The Teahouse at Camellia Gardens

There are two playgrounds within Camellia Gardens and the charming Teahouse Café which overlooks the gardens and serves delicious treats including high tea and Devonshire tea. They have a kids’ menu and take-away is available if you are ready to head straight for the playground. Don’t miss the kid's high tea picnic box! While you’re at it, pick up some duck food from the café, and take the kids to the over to the pond to feed the ducks.

Armoury Wharf Café, Olympic Park

The Armoury Wharf Café is right next to Blaxland Riverside Park, touted as the biggest playground in Sydney. Choose views over the Parramatta River or outdoor tables overlooking the climbing ropes! There is a kids’ menu for breakfast and lunch, plastic cups and plates and drawing books and pencils provided. The Canteen is also open for families grabbing a quick coffee for a long play. 

Rushcutters Bay Park

Rushcutters Bay Park Playground

Look out for a sea of yachts moored at the foreshore, and you've found Rushcutters Bay Park, a beautiful harbourside park with a kiosk and playground. The Rushcutters Bay Kiosk serves up good café-style fodder and great views. It makes for an easy coffee stop and they have a kids menu. The enclosed play area has swings, a see-saw and lots of tactile play stations to explore. The large leafy trees give plenty of shade cover and a lovely, relaxed atmosphere. The park itself is perfect for running around or kicking a ball, and there are pathways for bikes, scooters and ride-ons.

The Tuckshop, Glenhaven

The Tuckshop at Glenhaven serves up delicious meals including one of Sydney’s Best Burgers which you can carry to the playground just across the car park. You can even borrow a blanket and make a picnic of it.


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steve b

Jan 10 2016

great list - few I had forgotten about - thanks!


Nov 06 2015

The Camellia Gardens in Caringbah is my absolute favourite place to take my three year old - and myself!! The playgrounds are both lovely, the cafe is good but it's the stunning gardens and fabulous winding pathways with gorgeous and lush trees, flowers and plants that enchant little ones. Little creeks, ponds, ducks with lots of ducklings, orchids blooming and sumptuous green grass - it really is heavenly! I thought it was my secret - but now you know!